2020 Secondary Discussion

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    Biggest worry on team, for me
     
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    Potentially all 4 starters leaving.. yeah.. concerning.
     
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    Without question. Wade returning would be huge. Not to concerned at safety with Proctor back. I think the other corner spot we have some guys but who is going to step-up?

    Safety

    Proctor
    Shaw
    Hooker
    Hickman
    Wint
    Ransom
    Cavazos

    Corner

    Watts
    Riep
    Banks
    Tyreke Johnson
    Marcus Williamson
    Cameron Brown
    Shaun Wade (Possible Return)
     
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    Can Ryan Watts, Lejond Cavazos enter cornerback discussion?
    Ohio State is replacing a pair of starting cornerbacks. And despite Saturday’s big news that Shaun Wade is returning for his senior season, the Buckeyes will be essentially starting over in the defensive backfield.

    Jeff Hafley is gone, but the blueprint remains the same for the Buckeyes in the secondary: Find long, athletic, physical cornerbacks who are comfortable in press-man coverage and have the ability to turn and run with wide receivers on the outside.

    There’s no doubt that Ryan Watts is long and athletic. There’s no doubt that Lejond Cavazos can turn and run. But will either of the two early-enrolled defensive backs push Sevyn Banks and Cam Brown for a starting role opposite of Wade in the Buckeyes 2020 defensive plans?

    If they can’t step up when the opportunity to do so will be presented early in their careers, then it’s possible Ohio State could double-check the transfer portal for an immediate contributor in the defensive backfield for next season.
     
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    TWO NEW CORNERBACKS AND ANOTHER POSSIBLE DB
    Ohio State was expecting to have three new cornerbacks on campus this week until Clark Phillips’ flip to Utah during the early signing period, but the two cornerbacks who did end up signing with the Buckeyes last month – Lejond Cavazos and Ryan Watts – are both in Columbus and ready to begin their Buckeye careers, providing crucial reinforcements to a unit that has to replace two starters from this past season in Damon Arnette and Jeff Okudah.

    Watts and Cavazos aren’t likely to push for those open starting spots right away, but their arrival at Ohio State is important for fortifying the Buckeyes’ depth at the position. Even with Shaun Wade’s decision to stay at Ohio State for another year, the Buckeyes have only six returning scholarship players at cornerback – a position at which they start three players – so the two four-star prospects, who sit right next to each other (258th and 259th) in the composite rankings for the 2020 class, will have a chance to immediately compete for spots on the two-deep while being groomed to play bigger roles in future seasons.

    Fellow early enrollee Kourt Williams could also potentially join Cavazos and Watts in the defensive backs room – or he could start his career in the linebacker corps. He’s a versatile player who was listed as a safety in Ohio State’s announcement of its December signees, but he also played linebacker in high school and was recruited as a “bullet,” a position that remains difficult to pinpoint due to Brendon White’s lack of snaps this past season, but one that appears to most closely align with the strongside linebacker position that Pete Werner plays.

    “They still plan on using me at the bullet position, but if things change, then things change,” Williams told Eleven Warriors at the All-American Bowl. “I’m gonna just roll with the punches, and I’m gonna keep working hard.”

    Day described Williams at his early signing period press conference as a player who “can do a lot of things” and who he expects to be a future Ohio State captain, so while Werner will likely play most of the snaps that a bullet would play again in 2020, Williams could certainly have a chance to earn a first-year role on special teams or in a situational defensive capacity with eight months on campus before the season starts.
     
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    CORNERBACKS (8)
    Returning Players: Shaun Wade (1,042), Amir Riep (285), Cameron Brown (278), Marcus Williamson (205), Sevyn Banks (170), Tyreke Johnson (59)
    Newcomers: Lejond Cavazos, Ryan Watts

    Ohio State’s secondary received an enormous boost earlier this month when Wade announced his decision to stay at Ohio State for another year, giving the Buckeyes a returning star at cornerback with two years of substantial playing experience under his belt. After starting at slot cornerback this past season, Wade is expected to move to outside cornerback in 2020, filling one of the spots vacated by the departures of Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette.

    Outside of Wade, however, experience at cornerback remains a significant question mark entering 2020, as none of the Buckeyes’ other DBs have started more than one career game. Brown and Banks mixed in for some meaningful snaps at outside cornerback in 2019, while Riep filled in admirably at slot cornerback in two of the biggest games of the year (Michigan and Clemson), but the Buckeyes now need two of them – or Williamson or Johnson – to step up as full-time starters alongside Wade.

    With only six returning scholarship cornerbacks and three starting cornerback positions in Ohio State’s new defensive scheme, Cavazos and Watts will have a real opportunity to compete with the veterans for spots on the Buckeyes’ two-deep depth chart this spring after arriving earlier this month as midyear enrollees.
     
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    SAFETIES (6)
    Returning Players: Josh Proctor (126), Marcus Hooker (82), Bryson Shaw (6), Ronnie Hickman
    Newcomers: Lathan Ransom, Cameron Martinez (unsigned)

    We save the least experienced position on offense or defense for last, as the departure of three-year starter Jordan Fuller leaves Ohio State with barely more than 200 combined snaps of experience among its entire roster of safeties.

    Proctor has star potential and is the frontrunner to replace Fuller in the lineup as the Buckeyes’ single-high safety in 2020, but he had some noticeable mistakes in Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, the most prominent playing time of his career to date. Hooker is also a third-year Buckeye who mixed in for some snaps in two-safety packages this past season but is unproven as a potential starter.

    The Buckeyes are currently slated to have only five or six safeties on their 2020 roster – depending on whether Martinez follows through with his commitment and signs in February – but with their new defense that has only one safety on the field for most plays, that’s really all they need. And with Shaw and Hickman entering their redshirt freshman seasons and Ransom and possibly Martinez arriving this summer, Ohio State will have a quality group of young safeties looking to position themselves as the team’s future on the back end of the defense.

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    Josh Proctor (41) and Amir Riep (10) are among the defensive backs Ohio State will be counting on to step up in 2020.
     
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    Will the new DB coach be announced tomorrow (Coombs)?

    Go Bucks
     
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    Is Combs the guy? Or were we kind of waiting around until their playoff run to find out & go in a different direction if he chooses to stay with the Titans?
     
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    It has been done for weeks.
     
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    CB Cameron Brown, CB Sevyn Banks
    As Damon Arnette and Jeff Okudah both leave Columbus and head to the NFL, Ohio State will have two new cornerbacks when it opens the season in September. Shaun Wade will be the headliner of the secondary for the Buckeyes as the only starter returning to a dominant defense from last season. Cameron Brown became the third outside cornerback for the Buckeyes as the season went on and made plays in his little playing time against Ohio State’s best opponents. Sevyn Banks found the field sparingly when the Buckeyes had a lead, but he got his hands on the ball with an interception. Both will have to see expanded roles next season as Ohio State excepts to continue excellence in the secondary that dominated so many teams last year.
     
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